PALM SUNDAY WAS:
A DAY OF COMPLIANCE – Vss. 1-6
A DAY OF ACCEPTANCE – Vss. 7-11
A DAY OF CLEANSING – Vss. 12-13
A DAY OF HEALING – Vs. 14
A DAY OF PRAISE – Vss. 15-16
FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS - The disciples followed the Lord's directions for "Palm Sunday".
We should follow the Lord's directions because:
THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS ARE SPECIFIC - Vss. 1-3
Jesus told the disciples where to go, what to do, and what to say.
Through the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we too will receive specific instructions. Romans 12:2, John 16:12-14, Psalm 32:8
THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS ARE SCRIPTURAL - Vss. 4-5
Jesus was out to fulfill Scripture and to do God's will. John 4:34, 9:4, Matthew 5:18
We should do the same! Mark 13:31
THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS ARE SURE - Vss. 6-7
The disciples found things to be just as Jesus told them. We count on God's directions as accurate. Mark 11:1-6
THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS ARE SPECIAL - Vss. 8-11
Because Jesus directions were followed the disciples were part of a great day and a day when God's word was fulfilled. Whenever we follow God's directions, the results will be special. Sinners will be challenged and saved. Saints will be edified.
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DISCIPLES Vss. 1-3
They were to go and do exactly as they were told.
As modern day disciples, this is still our responsibility.
THE REASON FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS Vss. 4-5
God's Word would be fulfilled if the disciples obeyed.
Fulfilling God's will is the best reason in the world for obeying God. After all, God's will is "good, acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2)
THE RESPONSE OF OBEDIENCE Vss. 6-7
Here is a great compliment here.
The disciples do exactly as they were told.
May this also be our response to God's directions.
THE REACTION OF THE CROWD Vss. 8-11
They gave to Jesus adoration and praise.
We should do the same! See Revelation 4:11
We hear much about the faults of the disciples, especially before Pentecost. However, there were many times that the disciples did say and do the right things. In the Palm Sunday story, please some of the qualities of good disciples.
1. Ears to listen. Vss. 1-5
2. Feet to go. Vs. 6a
3. Will to obey. Vs. 6b-7
4. Possessions to share. Vss. 7-8
5. Lips to proclaim. Vss. 9-11
THE KING IS COMING!
THE ARRIVAL OF THE KING - Vss. 1-11
THE AUTHORITY OF THE KING - Vss. 12-14
Over His House - Vss. 12-13
Over Disease - Vs. 14
THE ACCLAMATION OF THE KING - Vss. 15-16
THE MESSIAH ARRIVES
Here is a brief outline, summing up the events of Palm Sunday, as presented by Matthew:
THE PLAN OF JESUS Vss. 1-3
THE PROPHECY TO BE FULFILLED Vss. 4-5
THE PARTICIPATION OF THE DISCIPLES Vss. 6-1
They Obeyed Vs. 6
They Gave Vss. 7-8
They Praised Vss. 9-11
Matthew 21:3 etc.
THE LORD HATH NEED
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Technically, as God, Jesus doesn't really need anything. He's self-sufficient. But the Lord has chosen to need things.
THE LORD NEEDED A DONKEY - Matthew 21:1-5
He needed the donkey in order to fulfill prophecy.
THE LORD NEEDS DESTITUTE MEN - Luke 8:26-39
Here was a man who was in terrible shape due to the influence of demons. Vs. 27
The Lord healed him by casting out the demons. Vss. 30-33
The man was transformed. Vs. 35
The man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus sent him back to his own people as a testimony.
The Lord still needs men and women who were destitute, who have found deliverance in the Lord Jesus to testify for Him. Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15
THE LORD NEEDS DANGEROUS MEN - ACTS 9:1-16
Paul (Saul) was dangerous. He persecuted the early church. Vss. 1-2
Jesus confronted Paul and Paul was converted. Vss. 3-9
Jesus had great plans of usefulness for this once dangerous man. Vss. 10-16
There are men and women today who were once dangerous, who are now used of God to further the Gospel. Ephesians 2:8-10, Matthew 28:19-20
THE LORD NEEDS DEVOTED MEN - Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:26-27
Devoted men and women are needed to live for Christ. There is a high cost for devotion, as these Scriptures indicate.
GOD NEEDS US TO BE FAITHFUL TO HIM
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 - Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
GOD NEEDS US FOREVER
Revelation 22:1-5 - And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
UNDERSTANDING PALM SUNDAY
ARRANGEMENTS BY JESUS - Vss. 29-34
ARRIVAL OF JESUS - Vss. 35-36
ACCLAMATION FOR JESUS - Vss. 37-38
ANTAGONISM AGAINST JESUS - Vss. 39-40, 47-48
AGONY OF JESUS - Vss. 41-44
ANGER OF JESUS - Vss. 47-48